Here’s how Mel Kiper Jr. rated Deshaun Watson.
Fresh off Clemson’s first national championship since 1981, Mel Kiper graded Deshaun Watson. Despite winning the national championship against college football’s best defense and being the game’s MVP, Kiper’s grade for Watson will disappoint Clemson fans.
Kiper was a guest on ESPN’s SportsCenter, and explains why he has Watson as the No. 3 quarterback in the NFL Draft.
The draft analyst sees Watson as a second-round talent, and the No. 3 quarterback behind UNC’s Mitch Trubisky and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. Mel Kiper cites Watson’s inaccuracy as a major issue plaguing the junior quarterback. In his three seasons with the Tigers, Watson completed 67.4 percent of his passes with 90 passing touchdowns to just 32 interceptions.
In back-to-back seasons, Deshaun Watson through for at least 4,000 yards, ran for at least 600 yards, and accounted for at least 47 touchdowns.
Does Watson deserve a better grade than he received? Possibly, but only time will tell if he can translate his great collegiate career into success at the NFL level.